MAN VS. MACHINE
Slash your labor costs to zero? You might come close if you shop carefully for vending machine options at the KioskCom Self-Service Expo that takes place at the Mandalay Bay in Las Vegas.
BEYOND THE FOOD BLOG
Break into the food-writing business by heading for The Greenbrier in White Sulphur Springs, WV, to participate in the Symposium for Professional Food Writers.
MOVE THE MERCHANDISE
Foodservice manufacturers and distributors will search for new market opportunities at the International Foodservice Manufacturers Association's 2009 Sales and Marketing Conference. Site is the Chicago Mart Plaza.
STARS OF SUSTAINABILITY
Thomas Keller and Alton Brown are the celebrity honorees at the Monterey Bay Aquarium's Cooking For Solutions 2009 event. The focus: sustainable cuisine, particularly seafood.
BIG EASY BASH
The New Orleans Wine and Food Experience celebrates the city's extensive culinary heritage at venues across the city.
Assess the state of the industry by attending Technomic's Restaurant Trends and Directions Conference at the Donald E. Stephens Convention Center, Rosemont, IL.
ROCKY MOUNTAIN HIGH
Where else can you rub elbows with food world royalty at one session and then learn their secrets at another but at Food and Wine magazine's annual Classic at Aspen. Three words: Buy tickets early.
The International Corporate Chefs Association hosts its 2009 Summit at the historic Driskill Hotel in Austin, TX.
DEEP IN THE HEART
The Southwest Foodservice Expo has a three-day run at the Dallas Convention Center.
Editor's Note: The 2009 Worlds of Flavor Conference at the Culinary Institute of America's Greystone campus in Napa Valley takes place Nov. 12-14, but we're suggesting you sign up now if you want to go. This event sells out fast, so head to www.ciaprochef.com/wof2009 or call 800-888-7850 to secure your spot. This year's topic: Frontiers of Flavor: World Street Food, World Comfort Food.